Though I always recommend visiting a National Park in the slower season, it may be truly advantageous to hit up Black Canyon of the Gunnison at the very beginning of the busy summer months. Not as many people to fight on the South Rim, and the option to experience East Portal Road.
Arguably one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks High Peaks region, Mt. Colden combines a challenging hike with striking views over the course of 8-14 hours, depending on the skill level. Rarely do hikes test my upper body strength, but during the majority of the Mt. Colden trail, I found myself needing to grip - and I mean grip - old-growth branches, pull myself onto fallen tree trunks, and stop my face from hitting the ground by laying out my hands first.
Ricketts Glen is wildly popular Pennsylvania State Park, especially during early spring to late fall. Well maintained campgrounds, handicapped accessibility, and picnic areas are just a few amenities within the park that keeps visitors happy. But the real driving force for visitation is Falls Trail, a path that traces two connected gorges dotted with a total of 22 waterfalls.
About a half hour south of State College, Greenwood Furnace State Park is located just beyond the little college bubble that exists in Happy Valley. We arrived at the visitor’s center by Greenwood Lake, grabbed a map and some tips from Ranger Mike, then headed to Monsell Trail right next to Route 305.
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